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Journalist’s Body Moved to Rangoon Against Local Orders

Supporters of slain journalist Aung Kyaw Naing proceed with plans to take his body for burial in Rangoon, despite objections from local authorities.

US Commission Urges Obama to Meet Persecuted Rohingya in Burma

A US government agency called on President Barack Obama to meet with Rohingya Muslims and other minorities when he visits Burma this month.

Burma Profits Off Rohingya Exodus

A new report from Fortify Rights concludes that Burmese authorities are profiting handsomely from the exodus of Rohingya from Arakan state, while at the same time abetting the persecution of the ethnic minority.

Autopsy Results Reveal Five Bullet Wounds on Slain Journalist’s Body

The wife of slain journalist Aung Kyaw Naing says that autopsy results on Thursday found five bullet wounds on her husband’s body.

Ethnic Civil Society Groups Voice Concern Over Draft Land Use Policy

A coalition of 31 ethnic civil society groups add their voice to growing concerns over the government’s draft national land use policy.

March During Asean Summit to Call for Int’l Support for Charter Reform

Activist groups in Rangoon plan to march to the US Embassy during the Asean Summit next week to call for international support for constitutional reforms.

What Do People Expect From President Obama’s Burma Visit?

Politicians, civil society leaders and activists discuss what they want to hear from President Obama as he prepares to visit Burma for the Asean Summit.

US ‘Too Optimistic’ About Burma Reform: Suu Kyi

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says Burma’s democratic reforms have stalled since 2013 and the US is “too optimistic at times” about the transition.

Slain Journalist Exhumed From Grave, Cause of Death Unclear

The body of Aung Kyaw Naing, a journalist allegedly killed and buried by the Burma Army, was exhumed from the grave by police and medical professionals.

Parents Seek Separate Inquiry Into Koh Tao Murders

The parents of two Burmese murder suspects in Thailand return to Burma after submitting a petition demanding a separate investigation into their children’s alleged crime.

Rangoon Police Ban Student Meeting on Controversial Education Law

Rangoon’s Mayangone Township police order student unions to postpone a large meeting during which students had planned to discuss changes to the controversial Education Law.

US President to Meet Aung San Suu Kyi in Rangoon Next Week

US President Barack Obama will travel to Rangoon to meet with the chairwoman of the National League for Democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi.

Washington Takes Hands-off Stance on Future of Burma’s Suu Kyi

Despite hailing Aung San Suu Kyi as “an icon of democracy,” Washington quietly acquiesces to the government’s decision to bar her from seeking the presidency.

Rangoon Plans Installation of Traffic Lights To Curb Congestion

The Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) plans to install about 200 state-of-the-art traffic lights in the congested former capital, a committee official said.

Election Commission Begins National Voter List Preparation

Burma’s Union Election Commission (UEC) today announced that it is beginning to compile a list of eligible voters for next year’s general election.

Activists to Run in Controversial YCDC Elections

A pair of rights activists are among those contesting the Yangon City Development Committee elections next month, in a poll that has courted controversy.

Kachin Civil Society Groups Rally for Two Jailed IDPs

Civil society groups in Kachin State capital Myitkyina gather to pray for the release of Kachin IDPs Brang Yung and Lahpai Gam imprisoned since mid-2012.

Burma Police Ordered to Exhume Body of Slain Journalist

Police are ordered to exhume the body of a journalist who was shot dead by the Burma Army last month.

Aung Thaung Blacklisted for Links to Anti-Muslim Violence: Analysts

Experts say the US blacklisting of the hardline USDP lawmaker is because of his involvement with nationalist monks, but they doubt it will aid reforms.

Remaining Political Prisoners Committed Other Crimes: Govt

Burma’s government said that 27 political prisoners who remain behind bars despite a request for amnesty by rights groups are still incarcerated for committing other crimes.